When Councilman Jim Kenney last year wrote a letter to the makers of sriracha sauce, offering Philadelphia as the location of a new plant if the original was driven from its California home, the whole thing seemed like a bit of a stunt.
Pennsylvania is one of at least 11 states trying to entice the maker of sriracha to move from California.
The creator of the popular hot sauce, David Tran of Huy Fong Foods, told the Los Angeles Times he is considering moving the factory from Irwindale, Calif., where residents have complained about the odor and called it a public nuisance.
Alabama, Louisiana, Kansas, Ohio, Georgia, Iowa, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and West Virginia have also offered to host the sriracha factory, the Times reported.
California officials, meanwhile, are trying to keep the plant at home, but find a new site where the manufacturing process doesn’t put neighbors downwind of intense sriracha fumes.